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October 27, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

A Wilson Bentley snowflake photograph

OK everyone… IT’S SNOWING HERE TODAY! 

Time to think about getting those skis tuned up and making those ski holiday reservations.

Vermont photographer, “Snowflake” Bentley, was the first person to photograph snowflakes. Check out the website dedicated to his works.

Also check out our skiing specials.

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January 28, 2011 by Peter MacLaren

Burns Supper at West Hill House

Burns Supper at West Hill House

While we post regularly to our blog here, you can also follow us on our Facebookpage. Often we duplicate postings but usually there is more on Facebook than here on the blog.

For example we just posted a photo album from our Burns Supper, held for the first time in our newly renovated Handsome Red Barn. (Click on the photo to see the full album.) About 25 local residents and B&B guests joined in the festivities, celebrating the 252nd birthday of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns who was born on January 25th 1759.

In addition to pipe music, we enjoyed Haggis with the traditional fixings, Scottish Trifle, some Burns poetry then Scottish Country Dancing led by Don and Martha Kent. A good time was had by all. Be sure to come next year!

So “like” us on Facebook to keep up with ALL the news!

10 Reasons to Visit the Mad River Valley

December 5, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

MRG Single Chair

Lolita waits for snow on the single!

Just in case you have never heard about the Valley, or are still wondering whether to come to ski here this season, we thought we’d make it easy for you by listing 10 reasons for visiting:

1 classic single chair lift

2 come or not to come – is there any question?!

3 hours from Boston (or maybe slightly more)

4 glorious seasons for romance, recreation and relaxation

5 beautiful ski areas: downhill, cross-country and back-country

6 great restaurants (or more – you decide) within ten minutes of the slopes

7 hours from NYC (or maybe a bit less)

8 AM, weekend fun-on-the-snow begins

9 B&Bs within ten minutes of Sugarbush (and some are much closer!)

A perfect “10” as a winter get-away!

If you are still undecided, please call and tell us why!

It’s Ski Time in Vermont’s Mad River Valley!

November 25, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Skiing in the Mad River Valley, Vermont

Skiing in the Mad River Valley

Sugarbush opens today, November 25th, with a few runs, and both it and Mad River Glen will be fully open by early December.

The Mad River Valley, encompassing the picturesque towns of Warren and Waitsfield, is the perfect place to ski in the North East. We have three amazing ski hills, Lincoln Peak and Mt Ellen at Sugarbush, and Mad River Glen. The two high speed quads at the base of each of the Sugarbush hills mean short lines even on busy days, and at Mad River Glen – while you may have to wait a bit longer on weekends and holidays – you get to ride the legendary single chair and enjoy skier only slopes. (There’s lots of variety at Sugarbush for riders.) Plus we have great cross country skiing, including right outside our door on the golf course, as well as two extensive networks of groomed trails nearby.

And there’s more. We are privileged to offer a wide selection of excellent owner-operated restaurants here in the valley. No chains, no franchises, no fast food. One of our favorites is Mint, a boutique vegetarian restaurant that even meat eaters will love. Then there is The Hyde Away with a wide menu selection of good value home cooking open 7 nights a week. The Terra Rossa Ristorante will more than satisfy lovers of Italian food, and you can watch pizzas being cooked in front of you in the classic brick oven. Then of course there is The American Flatbread, the mecca of taking pizza to another level, which is so popular you almost always have to line up to eat there, but it’s always worth it. Our overall favorite? The Common Man where you will always enjoy great food, great service and a unique atmosphere.

For non-skiers, our Artisans, anchored by the beautiful Artisans’ Gallery in Waitsfield, are almost always open during the day and welcome your visits, we have Vermont classics to visit like Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot Cheese, and to relax we can arrange a soothing massage at Mad River Massage.

If you’ve never been here, you are missing out! If you have, it’s time to come back. Call us and we’ll help you plan your visit, tell you about specials, and get you booked into the top rated B&B in the area (guess where!). Ask us about the newly opened Logan’s Loft in the barn for a one-week stay.

See you soon!

Spring Skiing in Vermont

March 17, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Spring at Sugarbush

Spring at Sugarbush

As spring approaches, there is no better time to head to Sugarbush. The skiing is still great, and there are lots of special spring activities including barbeques, local bands, and ton of events. March is looking so good — you’d BETTER BE HERE! (Photo from Sugarbush website – click to link.)

Don’t miss out on any of these March Madness events:

•  “Broadway Rocks II” Cabaret – Friday, March 19

•  Sugaring Time Festival – Saturday, March 20

•  43rd Annual Pond Skimming – Saturday, March 27

•  12th Annual Spring Mogul Competition – Sunday, March 28

•  Hot Dog Race – Sunday, March 28

•  32nd Annual Sugarbush Adventure Games – Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11

Click here for the complete events calendar, which also includes the latest event videos.

And of course we have our special spring prices in effect here at West HIll House.

So come and check it all out! Operators are standing by! (A.k.a Peter & Susan)

Even more snow!

February 24, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Snow at West Hill House B&B, Warren, VT

Your skiing mecca!

How much?!

Did I mention that we got some snow? How about this?!!!


Lots of New Snow!

February 24, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

Great snow!

“Yabba-Dabba-Dooooooooooo!” 12-16 inches of NEW SNOW since yesterday morning and it is still snowing and snowing hard. No kidding, Vermont  is really beautiful this time of year! It looks like this will be THE weekend to come to the Mad River Valley and ski Mad River Glen, Sugarbush or do some cross country or snowshoeing at Ole’s or Blueberry Lake. Of course West Hill House is a great place to stay – we’re just a short distance from each of the ski areas. Come enjoy winter with us.

Ski Vermont!

January 13, 2010 by Peter MacLaren

We have two great ski deals this season.

Ski it if you can! New for 2010 – when you stay during the week for 2 or more nights you can enjoy a Mad River Glen ski pass for $30 per day. (2 tickets per room max.) Plus, if Mad River Glen is closed for any reason we will give you $20 per day per room towards lift tickets at Sugarbush.

Then we have the amazingly flexible Ski-the-Valley package, which offers a great way to try all the skiing that the Mad River Valley offers. When you stay two or more weekday nights (Sunday through Thursday) we can add a multi-day weekday (Monday through Friday) Ski the Valley ski pass for up to the same number of days at a very attractive daily rate. The pass lets you go straight to the lifts at Mad River Glen and Sugarbush, and ski at Olé’s Cross Country ski resort – all on the same day if you wish!

Click on the photo for even more information. Note that these offers are not available during holidays.

Christmas Carols at West Hill House

December 27, 2009 by Peter MacLaren


This Christmas at West Hill House we were delighted to have two musical families staying with us.

Here are Rick & Ben, accompanied by Rick’s daughter Nicole on the pump organ, singing a Carol on Christmas day in the Sun Room, just before dinner.

We’re the new kids on the blog!

May 11, 2009 by Peter MacLaren


Welcome! Come in and have a seat.

Curl up in a comfy chair.

Hello world! Bonjour tout le monde! We’re the new kids on the blog! We’re West Hill House Bed and Breakfast in the Mad River Valley of Vermont.

Surrounded by the beautiful Green Mountains, the Mad River Valley is home to Sugarbush and Mad River Glen ski resorts and, most importantly we think, home to our classic Vermont Bed and Breakfast, West Hill House.

Through our blog we’ll share with you what’s happening in our small corner of the world. All our B&B news as well as information on what’s going on in the area summer, winter, spring and fall, will be right here at your fingertips. So welcome to our living room. Come on in and  make yourself comfortable. You’re always welcome!

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